Thursday, 28 July 2011

Dragonflies & damselflies on the moor

Photo by dragonfly expert, Steve Jones
On Saturday 30 July, come join our two hour guided walk looking at dragonflies and damselflies inhabiting ponds and marshy areas of Bodmin Moor. 

Starting from the Minions Heritage Centre at 10.30am. This free walk, led by dragonfly expert Steve Jones, will examine the ponds around the Cheesewring Quarry before moving on to the west to study the pools and ponds in the marsh valley on the open moor. For more information about dragonflies and some fantastic photos take a look at Steve’s website, Cornish Nature. He also happens to be the Cornwall Recorder for Dragonflies. 

Please ensure you wear sturdy footwear as the surface of this area of moorland is uneven and wet. Contact our Project Officer, Jane Uglow on 07814 517 089 if you need further information.

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Your area needs you

The parishes associated with CHAHP have over 500 scheduled ancient monuments. Many are currently, or at risk of, being damaged.

Our Project Officer, Iain Rowe is appealing to you, “If you regularly walk, ride or drive past an artefact from our past, why not adopt it?

“It would not be an onerous task – just report back to your area representative once every three months with a brief status update – or if damage is noticed or predicted, get in touch immediately so a work team can be mobilised and the authorities notified.

“They are in our care for the generations who will follow us, let’s look after them!”

If this is you please contact Iain on 01579 362 350 or

Monday, 25 July 2011

Phytophthora ramorum in the Project area

Infected Larch
Further to the article in our March newsletter, it is sad to report that the tree disease, Phytophthora ramorum, has spread to 7 sites in the Project area. These are all in woodland, where the infected tree is Japanese Larch affecting an area of approximately 45 acres (18 hectares) mainly around the Lynher Valley.

This disease has been compared for its potentially disastrous effects on the landscape to foot and mouth in the livestock industry. Many of you may already be aware of the substantial felling in the Glynn Valley between Liskeard and Bodmin, the Bere peninsular in the lower Walkham Valley and around Burrator Reservoir on the edge of Dartmoor. We hope the Project landscape will be less severely affected because of the large amount of deciduous woodland.

  In order to help prevent spreading the disease we have ensured all our walks, this  summer, are away from any larch woodland. For those of you who are dog walkers, please be conscious of the movement of potentially contaminated plant material and soil on both footwear and dogs feet, if you are walking in local woodland. Furthermore we ask for you to monitor your gardens, as plants such as rhododendrons can also catch this infection.

A diseased rhododendron
The disease is not harmful to humans or animals, however, the fungus-like pathogen Phytophthora ramorum, is easily spread. You may notice many woodland owners will be putting in place bio security procedures to try to contain the outbreak. Please read and be respectful of the signs explaining the simple precautions placed at the entrances to woods where the disease is present.

More information on this issue can be found on the Forestry Commission website.

Sunday, 10 July 2011

Celebrate with St Cleer, 11 - 17 July

St Cleer’s weeklong carnival celebrations begin tomorrow with a treasure hunt for both adults and children starting at 6pm from the Memorial Hall.

The rest of the week is as follows:
Pavement drawing for children at the Market inn on Tuesday.
Wednesday sees the Furry Dance and Disco, preceded by quiz night at the Stag around 9pm.
On Thursday there is special prize bingo at the Market Inn.
Friday has a free evening of entertainment, food and drinks for parish seniors at the Memorial Hall.
Saturday is a whole day of fun with the Carnival Parade, awards ceremony, live music and a carboot sale.
Sunday is ‘Celebrating our Parish’ day starting with a Sunday Service followed by a big family picnic with games and featuring LoL pupperts – at the Sports Field in St Cleer.

For more details see their website.

Last year's Furry Dance

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Milestones Around Caradon Hill

We want to locate all the local milestones in the Project area and need your help… Do you know where there is a local milestone? We hope to map these historically important guides, restore and conserve some where appropriate.

Please get in touch and let us know, we are looking for all kinds of markers in the area: milestones; guideposts; stone crosses and boundary posts. Email me with any information you have and a photo if you can, my email is